The NBurman Design Blog Has Moved.

March 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

It’s Moved!

If you’re looking for recent posts, visit NBurman There’s a new tab on the menu – BLOG. Everything you’re looking for is right there.

Otherwise, please continue reading for all entries posted before January 1, 2013.

Happy Reading!


Now Available in the UK.

August 23rd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

NBurman Design now operating in Bury St EdmundsNBurman Design has moved! And so have I…

Monday 20 August 2012 was the first day of business operating in the UK. I’m now living in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, a beautiful and historic town in the South East of England. Bury was where I grew up until I moved to Canada in 1990, and now it is home again.

It truly is good to be back!
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How Do You Get in Touch?

May 28th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

when to call, business etiquetteIt doesn’t matter what kind of new communication is invented, someone will abuse it and spoil the fun for everyone.

Working backwards (because everyone else works forward and I just like to be different), here are some of the ways that we can reach people. Each one has become demonized. Is that too strong a word? You decide.

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Augmented Reality Stamps Commemorate The Calgary Stampede’s Centennial

May 22nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Xerxes Irani, Designer of Calgary Stampede Centennial stamps.Xerxes Irani is one lucky guy. For over thirteen years he has been combining art with his fascination with all things rodeo to create designs for the Calgary Stampede. Now, his designs have been chosen to grace a pair of stamps that are commemorating the Calgary Stampede’s Centennial. » Read the rest of this entry «

Gearing up for Stampede

May 15th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

calgary stampede events, print design calgary stampedeOnce again, it’s coming. The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Calgary Stampede.

Pancake breakfasts, Chuck wagon races, the Grandstand Show, corn dogs, fair rides, cowboys and country music.

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Once Upon a Time: Tell Your Story.

May 7th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Stories make the world go round. They fuel bedtime reading, movies, plays, songs and meal time conversations. They connect people, encourage discussion and debate. They make you laugh; they make you cry.

When you want to connect with people, telling a story is a great way to engage. Telling the story of your business also helps you connect with customers on a human level and lets you engage with people who might not have otherwise found any common ground.

Finding  your story is one thing, but what do you do with the heart-string-tugging, laughter inducing, thought provoking anecdotes when you have them?
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Marketing is Dead. Long Live Marketing.

April 30th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Marketing has changed forever. Here’s an example.

In 2009, David Duchovny and Demi Moore starred in The Joneses, a story of a seemingly perfect family new to a suburban neighbourhood.

At first, the Joneses appear to be just like any other family. A few awkward moments and seemingly cold exchanges show us that something is awry. Seeing the ‘daughter’ in bed with ‘Dad’ was a bit of a giveaway too.

The four of them are soon part of their respective corners of society. Steve (Duchovny) finds some golf buddies and Kate (Moore) finds some female friends to hang out with while their two teenagers fit right in with all the popular kids at school. Then they get to work.

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An Open Letter to Comic Sans

April 24th, 2012 § 5 comments § permalink

Dear Comic Sans,

Well, this is a little awkward, isn’t it? Being a designer, I’ve probably made a few…let’s call them quips, about you. Please don’t take it personally. It was all in good fun!

I know you work really hard, and you’re fantastic at what you do. That poster that you appeared on for my niece’s birthday party looked great. And when HR had those post-it notes printed with our names on them? Killer! And, of course, there are millions of comic books out there that just wouldn’t be the same without you. That really is your calling! But then again, there have been places you’ve cropped up in that didn’t work quite so well.

You’re partly to blame for someone not getting a job when you appeared at the top of their resum√©. There is a business or two out there who thought you’d work well in their logo. Nobody took them seriously. Some people even thought you lent a hint of friendliness to their in store displays, not realizing that people couldn’t see beyond you.

What I’m trying to say is that there are places where you look great. Perfect, in fact. Whenever the Silver Surfer has something to say, you’re the one to deliver it. But (and don’t get mad…) anywhere else, we have a huge list of fonts that are going to a do a better job.

So please, stick to what you know. Comics. And leave everything else to everyone else.

Thanks CS. I knew you’d understand.



Why Your Website Images Can Anger Customers

April 16th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I use a mobile data plan a lot. I also watch data usage carefully so I don’t go over my limit. At 2GB I can be quite busy without going near wifi, but I still have to be careful. *


The other day I visited a site that made me glad I was using a desktop and not a mobile device. It took a long time to load the home page so I thought I would download the main picture to see how big it was.

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A Serious Lack of (P)interest.

April 10th, 2012 § 2 comments § permalink

pinterest for business?

Can you spot the business in this image?

Oh goody. Another social media site.


I’m trying very hard (very, very hard) to not roll my eyes in cynicism, but there is another social site that everyone is touting as being great for business. Pinterest is a place to collect images and repost on boards, with each board named as a category. It’s like a virtual scrapbook with each image linking back to the original site.

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